A coalition of Scotland and the UK’s leading charities and experts have condemned Keir Starmer’s latest u-turn, committing a Labour government in Westminster to retaining the Tories’ cruel and callous two-child cap and rape clause.
The UK government’s own figures have revealed that a frightening 409,600 households have already been deprived of crucial income due to the Tories’ draconian policies, sending thousands of families below the poverty line.
Poverty experts say scrapping the two-child limit would lift up to 15,000 children in Scotland out of poverty.
Why on earth is Starmer committed to keeping this cruel Tory policy?
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) July 16, 2023
Labour’s decision to U-turn on the abolition of the two-child benefit cap and rape clause has been widely criticised by many organisations, including:
- Aberlour Children’s Charity – The charity, who tackle child poverty and discrimination, were left “dismayed” at the decision.
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Chris Birt, Associate Director at the JRF, has said the policy is a “stigmatising attack on families”.
- Poverty Alliance – Peter Kelly, Director of Poverty Alliance, has said the two-child cap is the “worst of the welfare ‘reforms’ of the last 13 years” and that “any politician that claims to care about poverty, about increasing food banks use, about the well-being of kids needs to commit to scrap this terrible policy”.
- Action for Children Policy and Campaign – The charity, who speak up for the most vulnerable in society, have said that “any government serious about tackling child poverty will eventually have to confront the cruel reality of the two-child benefit cap”.
- New Economic Foundation – Head of Social Policy at the NEF, Tom Pollard, has warned that “keeping this policy in place is irreconcilable with a serious commitment to tackle child poverty”.
- Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland – The charity, in a joint call with other leading anti-poverty charties – said that the two-child cap was ‘one of the most brutal policies of our times’ that affects over 80 000 children in Scotland alone, pushing up to 15 000 into poverty.
Despite calls to condemn Keir Starmer’s policy u-turn from charities, the SNP, Scottish Government and some Scottish Labour MSPs, the Scottish Labour leader, Anas Sarwar, has fully backed Keir Starmer’s rightward-shift.
Prefering to endorse cruel Tory policies than acknowledge how weak the Scottish Labour party is when it comes to dealing with Westminster.
The two-child limit is cruel and should be binned. If @AnasSarwar truly has any influence with UK Labour, he will tell Starmer to do another u-turn & scrap it.
Retaining the two-child limit is a deliberate policy choice to keep children in poverty. https://t.co/fzsyfBTnRf
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) July 17, 2023
While the SNP invests to lift people out of poverty, Westminster control drags us backwards
After thirteen years of brutal Tory austerity and a hard Brexit that Scotland never voted for, people and communities are facing real hardship.
And now they are seeing that a Labour government is only interested in supporting and entrenching cruel Tory policies, not abolishing them – this is the price of Westminster control.
Unlike the increasingly right-wing and pro-Brexit Labour, the SNP is absolutely clear: we oppose this policy in every form, and will continue to demand its abolition.
And while the UK is suffering the worst levels of poverty and inequality out of neighbouring countries, small independent nations like Ireland, Belgium or Denmark perform significantly better.
With the full powers of an independent country we can rid Scotland of these callous policies once and for all – and begin to build a fairer, more prosperous country. Join us today and help make it happen.
👇 Had to update our graphic after another u-turn from Keir Starmer. This time, he’s u-turning on his pledge to scrap the cruel two-child cap & rape clause.
🏴 The Scottish Gov’t and SNP MPs have opposed these cruel Tory policies since the beginning, and we’ll continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/5k4AAF0PvP
— The SNP (@theSNP) July 6, 2023